Peter Dial Lykins and the Civil War

Peter Dial Lykins

March 4, 2002

From Donald Frisby via Madge Lykins Fackler

In the 1860s the United States was being torn apart with disagreements over slavery and states rights.  The leaders of the Confederacy were predominately Democrats and the Republicans led by Abraham Lincoln upheld the views of the Union.  Kentucky, though a border state, clearly was in the arms of the Confederacy.  Voting records show the only one name with the name of Lykins supported the Republican Party in Kentucky.  He was a blacksmith who lived in Caney, Morgan County, Kentucky.  His name was Peter D. Lykins.

One of the most tragic products of the Civil War was the division it caused not only between states and political views, but between family members as well.  Peter and his wife, Evaline, had more than their share of heartache in this area. They had their whole family shattered by this division.  They were stanch Union Supporters as were their two elder sons, who enlisted in the Union Army. Their other sons were Confederate Sympathizers along with all their neighbors and other kin.

The feelings against Peter by his Confederate Sympathizing kinsmen reached intense proportions.  These strong beliefs and hot tempers finally resulted in Peter being visited in the middle of the night be an angry group of his neighbors and relatives, including his father.  The group was led by William Lykins, who was not only his neighbor, a Baptist preacher, the Judge of Morgan County, but his brother as well.  They were barely given time to get together a few household belongings before being forced to leave.  Peter and his family fled into the cold darkness with $1,000 in gold and Evaline dressed up as a pregnant woman to help get them through the Confederate Lines.  Peter Dial and family traveled north, settling finally in Lewis County, where he founded the town of Petersville.

Where as before Peter had been a stanch Democrat, the same as his Morgan County Kin, he now became a rigid Republican.  Being forcibly evicted from his home as he was, he forbade the word “Democrat” to be said aloud in his house.  Neither Peter Dial nor Evaline ever returned to Morgan County.  They never saw their parents or kinsmen again, with the exception of the visits from Dudley Curl, Peter’s nephew.  It was over 100 years later that there was ever any contact between the two branches of the Lykins family.

Peter Dial Lykins was the great-great grandfather of Dwight Lee Lykins of Shiloh and Shelby, Ohio.

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Reading and writing and writing about reading are my passion. I've been keeping a journal since I was 14. I also write fiction and poetry. I published my first collection of short stories, "Radiant Darkness" in 2000. I followed that up with my first collection of poetry in 2001 called "Journey without a Map." In 2008, I published "Persephone's Echo" another collection of poetry. Since then I've also published Emotional Espionage, The Way The Story Ended, My Perfect Drug and Out There. I have my BA in English from The Ohio State University at Mansfield and my MA in English Lit from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I also have my Post BA Certificate in Women's Studies. I am the mother of two beautiful children. :-)
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6 Responses to Peter Dial Lykins and the Civil War

  1. anny cook says:

    I have several families in my ancestry that were torn apart by the Civil War. Only when researching them did I realize just how divisive the war was. Today we think we have strong passions regarding politics and war, but I don’t think we’ve come close to what happened back then.

  2. Ronita says:

    Peter Dial Lykins was the grandfather of John Riley Lykins, who was born in Knott County, KY and died in Portsmouth, Scioto County, Ohio. John Riley was my grandfather.

  3. Jason Likens says:

    Interesting reading. I’ve recently started tracing out my family lines. I’ve discovered a direct connection to some of the people you’ve mentioned. I must say it is awe inspiring to trace familial lines back.

  4. L lykins says:

    Dwight Lee Lykins died in1968 not 62

  5. jacqueline miranda evans says:

    To whom it may concern , thank you posting this story . This peter dial lykins is my grandmother’s grandfather. She (carrie may miranda)was born 1890 her mother ( evaline lykins 2nd may) was born 1858 and her grandfather (peter dail lykins) was born in 1820. Since i was 10 when she passed i didnt hear of any stories but i did inherit some pictures, which the one with dial wife standing that man sitting was her son-in-law john jackon may married to eveline 2nd (father peter dial lykins mother evaline stacy lykins). Again thank you so much for posting this story.

  6. I am looking for informtation on David J. ‘Stick’ LYKINS’ wife named Nancy Jane Williams, she is a descendant of Mayflower pilgrims. Can you help me?
    The line comes from Nancy’s maternal line, her mother was Rebecca Violet Crouch or Couch married to Elder Daniel Williams.
    Rebecca Violet’s mother was Sarah Howes. This is were it gets confusing…

    John HOWLAND Pilgrim of the Mayflower (1591 – 1672)
    12th great-grandfather
    Hope HOWLAND (Parents sailed on the Mayflower) (1629 – 1683)
    daughter of John HOWLAND Pilgrim of the Mayflower
    Elizabeth CHIPMAN (1648 – 1712)
    daughter of Hope HOWLAND (Parents sailed on the Mayflower)
    Dorcas JOYCE ( – 1759)
    daughter of Elizabeth CHIPMAN
    Prince HOWES (1700 – 1793)
    son of Dorcas JOYCE
    Sarah HOWES (1744 – 1821)
    daughter of Prince HOWES
    Rebecca Violet CROUCH Couch (1765 – 1830)
    daughter of Sarah HOWES
    Nancy Jane WILLIAMS (1794 – 1840)
    daughter of Rebecca Violet CROUCH Couch
    William Bruce LYKINS (1811 – 1893)
    son of Nancy Jane WILLIAMS
    I do not know, if my findings are correct…

    Thank you for your time…

    Debra J. Reynolds Knight

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